CNN — Ice is back with a brand new ... food holiday: July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!
Vanilla has historically been the favorite ice cream flavor of Americans. Here are some ice cream facts from the International Dairy Foods Association:
- Approximately 1.53 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen desserts were produced in the U.S. in 2011.
- The U.S. ice cream industry generated total revenues of $10 billion in 2010, with take-home ice cream sales representing the largest section of the market, generating revenues of $6.8 billion or 67.7 percent of the market's overall value.
- The central region of the U.S. led production of ice cream and related frozen products, producing 726 million gallons in 2011.
- Frozen dairy production follows a clear seasonal pattern. Summer is the unchallenged season for eating ice cream and other related products. Production kicks up in March and April to fill retail and foodservice pipelines in the late spring and early summer. June is the highest production month of the year, but production remains strong through August to satisfy summer demand.
The best part about vanilla ice cream, though, is that it lends itself extremely well to toppings. What's your favorite way to spruce up the old favorite?
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By Emily Smith